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Marco Cáceres
Marco Cáceres is the senior space analyst and director of space studies for the Teal Group, a defense and aerospace consultancy just outside of Washington, DC. He writes about satellites, launch vehicles and spaceports, and forecasts the future of space markets. In his spare time, he serves as the editor of Honduras Weekly and blogs at iDSENT. He is also the cofounder of, an international network of volunteers involved in Honduras, and the annual Conference on Honduras in the town of Copán Ruinas in northwestern Honduras. Marco is the author of the book, The Good Coup: The Overthrow of Manual Zelaya in Honduras. His follow-up book, The Wolf We Feed: Post-Coup Honduras Under Pepe Lobo, is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2014. He is originally from Tegucigalpa.

In a previous life, Marco served on the personal staff of US Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM), covering a range of issues, including defense, trade, and foreign affairs as both a legislative correspondent and legislative aide. He was part of Senator Domenici's team which drafted and passed legislation creating the Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology Research Initiative or "Sematech", designed to strengthen the international competitive position of the US semiconductor industry.

Entries by Marco Cáceres

Antares and SpaceShipTwo: A Wakeup Call for Lots More Test Flights

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 10:15 AM

I remember reading back in 2008 that Virgin Galactic would soon begin flight testing its SpaceShipTwo spaceplane. I recall reading that there would be at least 50 test flights before there would be any thought of the vehicle carrying passengers, other than its two test pilots. I thought, "Hmm, 50...

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The Antares Rocket Failure: So What's Wrong With 40-Year Old Russian Engines?

(1) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 6:42 PM

The cause of Tuesday's Antares 130 launch failure is not known. The builder and owner of the rocket, Orbital ATK, will lead an investigation of the accident, and it will be assisted by NASA and the FAA. All that is known for sure at this point was tweeted by Orbital...

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NASA's Commercial Crew Vehicles: Practical But Not Sexy

(3) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 4:10 PM

The two Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contracts awarded to Boeing and SpaceX by NASA on September 16 should come as no big surprise to anyone familiar with both the agency's conservative culture and its relatively small annual budget of just under $18 billion. Boeing received $4.2 billion to continue...

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My 'Aha' Education Moment

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 4:58 PM

I was a poor student throughout primary and secondary school, and even in college. There was always something about the formal structure of the process of learning that never appealed to me. Perhaps it was just contrary to my nature, or maybe it was that I never quite managed to...

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Mr. Obama, Man Up and Talk to Assad

(2) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 4:47 PM

One of the things that I liked most about Barack Obama when he was first running for the US presidency was his philosophy about talking to one's enemies. In a presidential debate on July 24, 2007 with Senator John McCain, candidate Obama was asked the following question:

"In 1982 (the...
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Obama's American War in Syria Dead Wrong

(6) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 5:43 PM

Here's a brief scenario of how President Obama's "limited" plan for attacking ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) in Syria and arming and training "moderate" opposition forces in that country could quickly get side-tracked and escalate into a full-blown war against both the government of President Bashar al-Assad...

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US Will Back the 'Appropriately Vetted' in Syria. Huh?

(1) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 6:58 PM

In his address last week to the American people regarding US policy toward ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant), President Obama said that he would ask Congress for authority and $500 million in funding to arm and train the "moderate rebel forces" in Syria. Well, at least that's...

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Mr. Obama, Reconsider Waging War in Syria, But If You Must...

(3) Comments | Posted September 14, 2014 | 12:51 PM

Okay, it's been decided. The United States will wage war in Syria (yes "war", that's what you call it whenever a sovereign nation launches a military attack against another sovereign nation). It will start with air attacks against ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) forces, probably as they...

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On the 'Good Guys' in Syria, John McCain Ain't Got a Clue

(2) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 4:37 PM

On May 27, 2013, Senator John McCain secretly drove into Syria from Turkey and spent a few hours meeting with leaders of the so-called "moderate" Free Syrian Army (FSA), including Gen. Salem Idris, who was chief of staff of the FSA's Supreme Military Council (SMC). Gen. Idris was replaced on...

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Obama's Move to Arm and Train 'Moderates' in Syria Is a Feint

(4) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 4:04 PM

There is a common refrain these days voiced by politicians who want to blame President Obama for the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). It goes something like this: "We all told the president to arm and train the moderate rebel forces in Syria back in 2012. He...

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Earth Orbit: Getting Crowded... Much Faster

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2014 | 8:33 PM

If you look at the number of satellites being launched to earth orbit over the past decade, there has been consistent growth. In 2004, a total of 76 satellites were launched (or attempted). In 2013, there were 215. That is almost a tripling of the market. But these numbers are...

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Honduras: The Patriotism Bill

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 9:31 AM

On Tuesday, the National Congress of Honduras approved legislation stating the following:

"It is the obligation of all Honduran citizens to acknowledge the National Anthem of Honduras by placing the right hand, extended over the chest, with the palm over the heart, whenever they hear the sound of its...
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Honduras: Bargaining Away the State Power Company

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 3:31 PM

The main topic of discussion yesterday afternoon between members of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) team and representatives of the Honduran government negotiating terms for a possible IMF credit package of up to US$220 million was the financially-strapped National Electric Energy Company (Enee), which reported losses of Lps 8 billion...

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Honduras: Beware of Neoliberal Economic Growth Strategies

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 12:21 PM

Honduras used to be known as the "breadbasket" of Central America. It grew enough of the basic staple crops of beans, rice, and corn to feed its own people and then have enough left over to export to the region. But back in the early-1990s, as part of economic liberalization...

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Honduras: Liberal Party Coffers Running on Fumes

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 6:07 PM

When Mauricio Villeda announced last week that he would not run against to be the Liberal Party's candidate for the presidency of Honduras in 2017, he said that the reason was that he wanted to focus on reorganizing the party following its losses in last year's general elections -- losses...

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Margarita Murillo: Another Victim of Neoliberalism in Honduras?

(1) Comments | Posted August 31, 2014 | 2:40 PM

The killing of peasant activist Margarita Murillo on Tuesday raises questions about the motive behind her murder. At the moment, all that is known is that she was shot on her land in the village of El Planón (municipality of Villanueva), Honduras by three individuals wearing ski-masks. As the recently-named...

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The Killing of Margarita Murillo in Honduras

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 12:13 PM

Margarita Murillo was shot and killed early Tuesday morning in the village of El Planón, located within the municipality of Villanueva in northern Honduras. She was walking to tend a plot of land near her home when she was confronted by three men wearing ski-masks. Her body was found lying...

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The Impending Battle on Presidential Reelection in Honduras

(1) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 11:08 PM

It is widely believed in Honduras that President Juan Orlando Hernández will call for a public referendum within the next two years (probably before the primary elections in late-2016) to reform Article 374, which prohibits the reelection of a president. Okay, bear with me here, because it gets a little...

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Honduras' PAC: Nothing But Talk?

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 2:27 PM

The Anti-Corruption Party (PAC) in Honduras yesterday announced that it would soon make known its official views on the performance thus far of the government of President Juan Orlando Hernández. Representative Fátima Mena, who heads the 13-member PAC delegation in the Honduran Congress said that a diverse team of experts...

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Sure Enough, the End of Bipartisan Politics in Honduras

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 4:35 PM

On June 27, 2011, Patricia Rodas, who served as the foreign minister under the Zelaya government (2006-2009) in Honduras, predicted that the advent of the proposed new political party known as the Broad Popular Resistance Front (FARP) would mark the end of Honduras' two-party system in the next presidential election...

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